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1  Re: Bento Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by katatsumuli on: January 18, 2008 04:27:48 PM
Thank you for that embroidery picture Lillian Cheesy. They're even more beautiful than I could see  Grin.

wow what a great package! yumm hello kitty food. =D

Thanks Smiley. Lychee drinks are delicious. I've never tried that brand though.

And merricat, I actually got those (cheaper; I was lucky) from ebay. I've never bought anything off jlist, although it's fun to look through. How much is their shipping?

The blue around the towel's eyes is just chalk pencil ^^;;. I had to let the dye dry for days so I was afraid to wash it.

Now detail for detail:
(It seems we are hard-to-show detail twins Grin. ...the black thing in the top photo is a cat with green eyes peeking out. I kind of imagine Hello Kitty is lying on the grass, but she could be walking too.)

I tried sewing a pre-existing insulated bag into it along with batting. Let me know if it worked? XD;;

And a bonus zoom in of the grape jelly drink with Heero Yuy from Gundam Wing as the advertiser (?!). These things give me endless amusement. He changes clothes for each flavor, even into a Hawaiian shirt. (Also they're very sweet but pretty good. It's like drinking juice with jello bits in it. The stumpy straw at the top has an X in it to break up the jelly.)

Heero says thumbs up for vitamins!
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2  Re: My Country Doesn't Have That 8 (Ongoing) in The Swap Gallery by katatsumuli on: January 14, 2008 01:46:01 PM
I sent this stuff to Gavagai a long time ago (this is the angel package), and then it took a month to get it from the post office because they were having some issues, and then there were holidays. This swap is so old, but I guess I'll post pictures anyway.

That's everything. She wanted a quilting ruler, and I needed to make a surprisingly long box to fit that. I know someone who makes cushioned handles for crochet needles out of floam, and someone else who makes sculptures out of white Crayola clay and then paints them with watercolors. They look really good. Gavagai is having a baby soon so some of the stuff is for babies/children (but she likes Hello Kitty for herself anyway Smiley).

Some detail. (That seal thing is a seventh towel, the kind that grows in water.)

The six towels

Fish beads that look like chicken heads. I thought they were funny, and Gavagai said she liked them from the picture I showed her.

The patterns; most of the reason I took pictures is to remember what they look like. By that token maybe someone who sees it will want to make one.

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3  Re: Bento Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by katatsumuli on: January 13, 2008 05:22:53 PM
Ok, now time for the pictures  Grin

This is my awesome package from Lillian641! The post office messed with it, and when I got it the package was slit open all the way along the bottom, and being held closed by two rubber bands in a plus shape. Luckily I think nothing was lost Smiley. I was grinning like an idiot and jumping around and hugging that snail as soon as I opened it. How did you know I like realistic land snails the best? It's perfect, and the stitching skill on it is completely astounding O_O. The whole bag looks completely professional, and I love the tie dye fabric the snail is made of. She also sent me an oshibori case since I don't have one (I love the purple  Grin), and a gigantic lunch ice pack that can also be heated, since I'd never heard of those except for injuries before. (Wow, now I can have hot lunch too. I'll definitely use it  Grin.)

Look at how huge that bag is  Grin!  (mess included for size reference  Tongue)

(Aoum aoum aoum leftover cookies.)

This is the side; it folds up nicely and is still huge.

The inside has a velcro closure and two ginormous pockets that are lined with a white material that feels waterproof. It also has this label. (Do you have an embroidery machine?)

Here's the pockets with stuff in them, although THIS full even this huge bag can't close (but keeps my bento flat anyway, even while held).
linked because I'm going overboard on pictures

It can close easily packed like this though, and even keeps my fat bento flat. Last time I packed it, it was in a tall lunchbag and only fit on its side, and stuff falling out over the barrier made my food into a mess, so I'm ecstatic about this staying flat.

It looks really cute closed. (This is with the above stuff in it in that position.)

Then when I was taking pictures of it, I noticed something else: insanely good embroidery hidden in green thread on the back. I have no idea how you did that with a sewing machine freehand. There are two flowers and a butterfly, and the right flower has a sakura petal and a leaf floating by its stem. These pictures needed to be huge to be able to see the well-hidden embroidery, so I'll just link to them. The bag is not wrinkly, the right flower just goes into the handle a bit so I tried to fold it to get the whole thing in the picture. Both flowers have stems and the left one has two leaves on the stem.  (edit: Photobucket and craftster both resize my huge picture of all of them, so I put more pictures.)

the whole back ** a better pic of the right flower ** the falling petal and leaf closer ** the butterfly closer ** the left flower

Thank you so much Lillian!  Grin  Grin  Grin

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4  Re: Halloween Black Cat Cookies in Dessert by katatsumuli on: December 01, 2007 06:53:36 PM

I tried out your recipe, but only had marble cake mix. They were delicious and very fun to make! I tried not adding peanut butter at first, but it made the dough very goopy and unshapeable.

Thank you!!!  Grin
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5  Pacman and ZZT keychains in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by katatsumuli on: October 20, 2007 01:17:26 PM
You can probably tell I'm a novice at sewing ^^;. These were simple but very fun to make. (I also hope I'm in the right section.)

I accidentally broke the plastic alien off my friend's household spare keychain, so I sewed these on to replace it. They were happy and I think my friend confiscated it for personal use  Grin.

This was a present for my brother for Christmas last year. (Sorry about the craptastic photo; I tried to fix it. The background is turquoise, and the character and paper behind it are white.) He started programming games in ZZT when he was in first grade, and the main character looks like this. It's sewn like a 3D rectangle. I was going to stuff it, but then I thought it would be better as a pouch so keys could be slipped inside and not poke him in the leg.
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6  magic apple and hungry lightswitch in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by katatsumuli on: October 19, 2007 08:44:33 PM
I live in a rented house for college, and it needs a lot of work pretty much everywhere (this is a polite way of saying it looks like a haunted garage). The landlord said I could paint whatever I wanted as long as it was tasteful, giving an entire house painted in neon red and orange hippie flowers as an example of not tasteful that had happened to one of her other rentals.

So I did this a few months ago:

Anglerfish in the bathroom. This lightswitch had peeling paint and was very ugly and dirty. Now it's clean and painted  Grin.

It's very easy to find my reference picture on the internet, but it came out looking much more cartoony than it. (Which I'm happy about. I like its menacing/innocent face.) The lure is done in glow-in-the-dark acrylic, and the back is black acrylic; I kind of like the bumpy texture (ignore the annoying light shines). The rest is all nailpolish done with the original awkwardly blunt brushes, because I'm full of lazy masochism and wanted to see if I could do it. I also thought nailpolish would be more sturdy and easier to clean than acrylic. Once when it was dark, I felt like she was trying to bait me.

A closeup of the anglerfish. I screwed it on and then painted the socket with the wrong color (doh). I think I like it though.

Wormy apple Cheesy. There wasn't anything wrong with this lightswitch, I just felt like painting it. The left switch was white and the right switch is still black; I'm not sure how someone did that.

It's all done in nailpolish (with its blunt brushes again; excuse the pink around the worm...I'll get rid of it later) except the worm's eyes, which are acrylic. I tried using at least three different colors on the apple because the silver I have is extremely old and crappy (watery). I have more worm-colored nailpolish, but I decided to use that pink because I got it from my (by now late) grandmother when I was little.

It's silver because someone put some small "an apple a day" decals over the sink, and I was thinking of folktales with a forest of trees with bronze leaves and fruit, silver leaves and fruit, and golden leaves and fruit. (The fruit is jewels sometimes though.) The golden apple is the most famous apple, but there are silver ones too. This kind of folktale is probably pretty common, but I only know Hungarian ones so I can't confirm it.

I wanted to paint a branch of silver apple tree coming out of the window near the lightswitch, but realized it would require repainting the window frame and washing and probably repainting entire wall (and plaster patching near the lightswitch) so it's only this piece of apple for now.

I don't know what to put on the black lightswitch by the apple. Any ideas? The best would be if it was a movable object thing like the others.
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7  Re: Ongoing Pick Your Partner Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by katatsumuli on: January 29, 2007 09:31:34 PM
I recieved from Ptarmic Wumpus today, even though she sent it on Saturday  Cheesy (score 1 for the post office!). The contents are making me very giddy  Grin. I can't resist too many pictures, so some of them are links.

It looks like it's one toiletries bag (with flying cicada stencils and other bugs all over it  Cheesy)!

But then I unzipped it, and it had another zipper inside  Grin. Marvel at the protective half moon vinyl shell...it's got green thread (and the zipper edge doesn't look that curly in real life).

Here's the vulnerable belly. It's very puffy and soft and professional.

This is the right and top, the bottom, the back (with gorgeous fabric visible), and the roomy inside (with matching gorgeous fabric that she hand stitched to the outer layer)  Shocked.

My toiletries are taking a nap. The rest of them are in it too now, but the butterfly fabric is much more interesting than dental floss.

She sent a bonus huge piece of cloth Cheesy.  Snails are crawling all over it  Cheesy.

The paint for all the bugs and the snails is this cool metallic kind. This seems like a good use and gratuitous shot of cicada salt shakers.

Thank you so much, Ptarmic Wumpus  Cheesy! I'm kind of scared of being able to match something like this, but oh man is it worth it  Grin.
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8  Re: OCEAN FRIENDS SWAP GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by katatsumuli on: October 21, 2006 10:18:00 AM
ClauRose, a million apologies for posting these pics so late  Embarrassed. Your package totally floored me, and I will now overload everyone's computer with it ;3.

Background: Sea slugs are my best ocean friends. True to my snail form, I hate using purses (and I love how messenger bags look (and their convenient pockets), but hate carrying them around) but love mini backpacks. I then proceed to fill them with a ridiculous amount of heavy crap that I can balance evenly on my back and then never find again because there's so much stuff in there. When ClauRose asked me for a list of what the crap in there is, I thought she was making a purseket (yes XD) but I didn't expect it to be this precise O_O. Also, some of it is sewn by hand.

Please excuse my lame t-shirt backdrops ^^;. Isn't it the coolest thing ever?

She wrote a letter telling me what each pocket is for XD. Hm, Craftster shrinks it so I can't read the labels. You can see bigger ones here (many pockets side) and here (slug side) (or click on the pictures).

I will never lose anything again.

They look so huge and roomy XD. And it has a secret spoon compartment XDDDD.

I love that my signature is crawling all over it XDD.

Here's a close up of that awesome sea slug. (Did you say you can't draw??? It's beautiful! I love the subtle purple lines on its body.)

And even closer up:

But I didn't expect her to actually make me a minipack too O_o! AND IT HAS THE CUTEST (and sparkliest  Grin) SEA SLUGS IN THE WORLD XDDDD. I love glitter, and retina burning purple (blue-violet) and emerald green are my favorite colors. She calls the backpack "Morning, Noon, and Night". The morning side is the one with the slugs on. (It kind of looks like the purple one is happy, and the green one is sad/serious Smiley.)

Thus far my backpacks have been pretty plain and dark. These colors really wake me up  Grin. It's a good morning XD.

I really like the sewing on the top flap (because of all those lines going inward).

And here's the bottom of a strap. She did that awesome wavy stitch throughout all the black parts. It goes all the way down the straps and around the top flap.

And here are my new best friends, Gregor

and Mendel.

(Uh, I was studying XD;;. They remind me of peas and flowers.) Every time I look at them I can't stop grinning and petting them or pretending to make them chew on clementines / my husband's shoulder. I'm also completely in love with their ribbon feet and elastic gills and tentacles (and how 3D [and realistic and stylized at the same time XD] they look from those things).

Thank you so much for everything! I really love it  Grin. You've made my first swap awesome, and are very fun to talk with besides. I'd do another swap with you any time Smiley.
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9  Re: OCEAN FRIENDS SWAP GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by katatsumuli on: September 24, 2006 08:55:29 PM
Ok, old news first. ClauRose is letting me also post pictures of the things I sent, because she has mischievous babies to contend with when taking pictures  Smiley.

Clau's Ocean Friends were jellyfish and sharks (but I got distracted by the shiny jellyfish, so that's what it ended up being). She said she liked stationary, and has red and black favorite colors, so I made her this (in a bunch of sheets, some cut, and a CD to print more):

All the jellyfish are red (well....I was kind of cheating with Scrippsia) and I think they can all be found in California. I referenced photos heavily. I'm pretending they're in a Kreisel tank on paper so they don't get hurt.

It can be used as a whole paper to write letters, or cut in four for small notes (some of the papers have little cutting guide lines, but they're a very light gray).

I tend towards tiny. They look like this.

And looking at it, just paper seemed too little, so I made it envelopes. First I tried with storebought ones, but the printer usually inked the corner, so I made a pattern that can print out on a sheet of paper.

Unfortunately, I got so excited about sending my package that I forgot to take any pictures (^ ^);;, so the ones on here are "leftovers" that have little errors on them. You can't really see it on the paper (it was a bit wrinkled) but the envelope has a side flap with the tentacles on backwards. I edited ithe picture a bit, but a couple still are.

This is the back. (There are actually backs for one of each jellyfish, and Scrippsia had blue envelopes.) The envelope folds to be a bit bigger than 1/4 a sheet of computer paper, so the note card sized ones fit in it without folding. The little thing in the corner is the corresponding chibi jelly being a stamp.

The end Cheesy. Now for Clau's awesome stuff! (But first I have to sleep and go to class >>;.)
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10  sea cucumber, discus, quiz earrings *img heavy* in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by katatsumuli on: July 28, 2006 07:25:09 AM
Hello Smiley. It isn't, but I kind of feel like this is my first post.

I think I made all of these in January 2005.
These were the first (and so far only, I'm a coward XD;) things I've tried selling. (They're the same ones that were on that defunct ebay link in my first post.) I think I'll field test the sea cucumber to see if they have any problems first.

I cut my logo out because the first design was really ugly ^^;. I still have to rework it though (and also the packaging, please ignore it XD;). [I'm kind of liking the middle snail though.]

This took me forever.

And...I'm a big nerd. Hooray XD; (You're supposed to make people guess what species it is from the silhouette.)

All of these had little mini facts on the back of the earring card, but for the livebearer one I wanted to write so much that it didn't fit and wasn't legible, so it got its own card. (There's stuff on the inside too.) [Yes, I know I should print it. XD;] Those also took forever, but it helps make me learn more biology (my major, so this is always good) and I figured people would like to know about their earrings.
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